Please remember that
the metal ribbon can and will cut you. Use with caution. I've had
hundreds of tiny razor type cuts over the years.
Following is a list of the items you will need:
Newspaper or something to cover your
counter. The metal you are working with can scratch
counters and tables badly. Trust me on this.
Your design, drawn on paper
Shears or tin snips to cut the metal ribbon. I have a pair that
I use for nothing else.
Metal or copper ribbon -- 1-inch wide is the easiest to use.
Needle nose pliers
A dowel to help you make curves.
(I've used pens, bottle lids, lipstick tubes, film canisters).
Anything that is about the size of the curve you want to make.
Just search your kitchen, the husbands shop or kids toy box.
The side of your kitchen drawer will help you bend the metal to
get right (90 degree) angles.
A metal file or rasp is nice to have to round off the sharp edges of the
3M Permanent Double Sided Tape - 3/4 to 1-inch is the easiest to use.
A few small plastic clamps. I borrowed clamps
from my husbands shop but I also have little plastic clamps that
I got at the hardware store, 6 for $2. They look like toys in
Or cloths pins and flat sided toothpicks or
You can also pick up a kit called Cookie Crafting Kit by Acorn Meadow
Designs. I’ve seen the kits in craft stores and on quite a few
baking good sites for about $19. The kit includes instructions, 72”
of the copper ribbon, 2 sided adhesive, a working base, and a few
Copper ribbon and parts of the kit mentioned above. The ribbon length varies
with the project. I like to use 1" wide copper. I have for Gumpaste
leaves and flower petals cutters, used stainless steel .01 thickness with very good results.
After you have
your design drawn, measure out how long you will need the ribbon to
be by laying the string on the line and adding 1/2 inch if it is a
simple cutter to as much as 1" if there are lots of bends.
My husband cuts out the shape in wood
for me. I use this method of measuring with the string if there are
many bends and curves as you would have if you were doing a rabbit
or a leaf.
Clamps to hold the cutter edges together while the tape ages and sets.
After you are done with the bending
you will need to somehow fuse the ends together. Most folks use 3M
Permanent Double Sided Tape this is the easiest way.
Whatever beverage you like to help you
relax and have fun.
Here is the easiest way to bend your shapes, just make them fit around a piece of wood.
If you can not get the wooden shape to work with, you can work from a paper drawing.
shows how you can use a paper drawing to bend your ribbon.
You need to move slowly and double check your
measurements to make sure that your bends will be in the right
I find that you often have jagged edges that can
cut you. If you round the ends gently, you can save yourself and
others from some nasty cuts.
Is the cutter itself. Thoroughly wash the cutter in soap and water
then dry thoroughly before you use the double sided tape.
Manufactures put a light coating of oil on most metal. This
coating can prevent the tape from sticking well and the cutter
An example of the tape. This tape is one inch wide.
This shows how I clamp the cutter together so that the tape can age and firm up the overlap. The manufacture's recommendation is a minimum of 24 hours of
clamping, for best results let the clamps remain on for 72 hours.
Remember it is best to have a 1/4" to 1/2 " overlap.
I added this picture to show you the results. Notice that the cutter
is quite a bit larger than the wooden cutout. This will probably
happen to you also. This is why you cut the ribbon 2-inches longer
than that the string measurement when you are doing intricate
When you have completed bending the cutter and before you
wash the cutter, you need to cut off the excess, REMEMBER you need
to overlap the ends, again 1/4" to 1/2"
overlap is best. I forgot once and had to remake the cutter.
When I have lots of bends, I use any trick I can to get the bends in the
right place, but that often doesn't happen. Just try to keep the
Things I've learned.....
Remember that you are making Cookies. Don't worry if it's not
perfect. When the cookie bakes in the oven
it will spread and change shape.
Don't make really tight bends. Look at where the bunniesears and back come together on the picture above.
When the cookie bakes, these 2 parts often touch and blend together.
Details will be lost in the baking process.
Don't make your cutters to big. There is not a problem with the
cutter, but you will most likely have a problem with handling the
dough and the soft cookie after baking. A large dough shape has a
tendency to move and bend when you place it on the cookie sheet. You
can lose your shape. To help remedy this, place the cookie dough on the cookie
sheet and cut the cookie out while on the sheet. Remove the excess
dough and place in the oven. Less handling means less distortion.
Avoid making long and skinny extensions in your design.
Referring to the picture above, look at the horses legs. This is about as long and as narrow as you can
go. I had to use 2, 4" wide cookie spatulas to pick up the horses
and I had to be very careful to support the legs to prevent breakage.
Wash and dry your cutters by hand. The dishwasher is rough on the
metal and the closing overlap.